Lenovo Z50-70 Laptop, Intel Core i7, 8GB RAM, NVIDIA GT840M graphics card, 1TB + 8GB SSHD, 15.6", Silver £549.95 @ John Lewis incl 2 year guarantee - HotUKDeals
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Been lusting after this laptop for a while but went with the slightly inferior i5 Nvidia 820m recently because this one was still updwards of £600.

Highlights: 4th generation Core i7 processor, 8 GB RAM, NVIDIA GT840M graphics card with 4GB of dedicated memory, 1TB + 8GB SSHD, full HD 1920 x 1080 display, Windows 8.1 (64 Bit), 2-year guarantee from John Lewis.
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2 Likes #1
Go spec apart from. dual core i7 *Sigh*

not voted
#2
Good multimedia laptop, shame about the screen though.
1 Like #3
mattd55
Good multimedia laptop, shame about the screen though.
Yep. Apparently, the screen is very poor. Review here.
#4
I've spent ages looking for a laptop which is suitable for the kids to do some gaming on (such as minecraft), but not crazy expensive like most powerful ones seem to be. I feel that we're stuck between a normal / family laptop and a gaming laptop! This currently my preferred choice at the moment, as I feel it ticks the box in terms of performance (reasonable CPU & GPU, Solid State Hybrid Drive & better than the standard 1366 x 768 screen resolution). Can anyone recommend an alternative that's no more expensive (pref Intel CPU)? Cheers

Edited By: Rich_The_Fish on Dec 26, 2014 17:17: Additional detail
#5
For reference, this Toshiba Satellite L50-B-1P1 is currently my second choice, but would rather go with the more powerful Lenovo Z50-70
1 Like #6
I'm after a laptop/desktop for gaming, nothing too extreme. Is this worth throwing my money at for the longterm? All the laptops seem to be cheaper than desktops with similar specs which is confusing me. I'll be using a monitor so am not too worried about the screen.
#7
I want a laptop thats 16-32gb ram. All SSD. Around £1000 - £1200 and not apple. Does it exist?
1 Like #8
Rich_The_Fish and Justmeeee, those were my requirements too (gaming plus everyday work, nothing too extreme). Having gone with the slightly lower spec Lenovo (i5 processor and 820m graphics card, all else same), I'm very happy with the purchase. I've played Diablo 3 at highest specs without any problem as well as Skyrim, and will be trying out Bioshock Infinite, Arkham Asylum/City in the next few days. I would definitely go for this one over the Toshiba, especially since it's from John Lewis with a two year guarantee.
#9
Cheers for the info OP, much appreciated. I've found a couple of other similar (but not quite as good spec) laptops, but this Lenovo is my preferred choice. I particularly like that it's from JL too, should we have any problems. I just need to convince the missus that it's worth the extra spend!

Edited By: Rich_The_Fish on Dec 26, 2014 22:30
#10
this comes in at an awesome price point. heat added.
#11
Sounds good to me too. Thanks.
#12
Very very tempted myself but the comments on the build quality are miking me think twice
#13
I ordered one after looking at some online reviews. In this price range there will be some compromises on quality but it still feels like a solid laptop. Same spec latops retail for £700 and upwards.
I already have a SSD that I will fit in to it. So that hybrid drive is little use to me.
And why is it a problem that its not quad core? I'm sure you can buy one with qc for few extra hundreds.
#14
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Danielson, i got this off of the german amazon site for 830quid, it`s the **** mate. hell of a job trying to buy it (had to translate every page) but worth it. I saw it on this site. Cant find same spec. anywhere over here
#15
I think this is the same one/same specs? £20 more and no John lewis guarantee though - http://shop.lenovo.com/gb/en/laptops/lenovo/z-series/z50/?sb=:000001D4:00034E20:#tab-customize

(If anyones like me and won't be able to grab the JL one before next payday :( )
#17
Ok if I have say £500-650 budget for a new laptop - is this the best buy out there?

I want plenty of storage like this one and quick performance also..... I use it mainly for internet browsing, some steam games inc Footy manager and basic things like excel/ word etc
#18
This Dell is £100 cheaper and of similar spec.

I am not in the market for a laptop but for those who are please consider all your options. Hopefully someone helpful can provide you with more details on how they both differentiate and whether you need spend an extra £100.

Good luck and happy shopping.
#19
Danielson
I want a laptop thats 16-32gb ram. All SSD. Around £1000 - £1200 and not apple. Does it exist?
DELL XPS 15 with 10% VIP club code, may be slightly over budget. I bought the low spec version this June with 30% off when DELL was running a 30 year anniversary promotion for around £900.
#20
I have the i5 version of this and can confirm that build quality is fine, screen is fine as long as you don't expect 1080p and can be used for casual gaming.

Mine is lower does and plays most games reasonably, skyrim at mid with mods, cs:go online runs fine.

I paid 450 for mine a year ago, so this is still good value.

Friend has this version and highly rates it. Just manage expectations with the gaming side
#22

Definitely the Acer!

;)
#23
Captainbeavus

Definitely the Acer!

;)


Acer? Its either this Lenovo or that HP :p
#24
This is a bargain. I own the Alienware with GTX860m graphic card. But twice the price. Heat! Previous I used Lenovo in university and love it!
#25
Danielson
I want a laptop thats 16-32gb ram. All SSD. Around £1000 - £1200 and not apple. Does it exist?

Why do you want so much RAM?
#26
Justmeeee
I'm after a laptop/desktop for gaming, nothing too extreme. Is this worth throwing my money at for the longterm? All the laptops seem to be cheaper than desktops with similar specs which is confusing me. I'll be using a monitor so am not too worried about the screen.


Get a desktop, laptops are poor for gaming unless you spend a lot of money.
#27
Danielson
I want a laptop thats 16-32gb ram. All SSD. Around £1000 - £1200 and not apple. Does it exist?

Yeah they easily do if you don't want new, but you'll get a 12 Months warranty.
#28
Danielson
I want a laptop thats 16-32gb ram. All SSD. Around £1000 - £1200 and not apple. Does it exist?
go for the lenovo Y50-70, there's a few to choose from.
#29
gingerwarrior13
Very very tempted myself but the comments on the build quality are miking me think twice

Ive not voted for the following reason- I was a big fan of lenovo and with them generally rated highly for reliablity and having good specs for price i got a lenovo idealpad z580 with intel i5, 8gb ram and nividia 635m. I had it for 16months and cheerished it - always used it on a laptop pad, never abbused it. Then all of a sudden if started goinf faulty and its suspected the motherboard is faulty - an expensive part to replace, normally costs 2/3 the price of the laptop to replace. My laptop is currently with lenovo and I shoulf have its fault diagnosed soon and it does have a 3 year warranty.

Mine may have been a lemon, but a quick look around shows its not a rare occurance.

I have loved using my lenovo up to this point and my gf has an abused thinkpad that is around 3years old and going strong - the thinkpads are built like tanks and the idealpads do feel weak in comparison, but the idealpads still feel on par with other big branded laptops.

Dan
#30
bambulus
I have the i5 version of this and can confirm that build quality is fine, screen is fine as long as you don't expect 1080p


wait... what? but it's a 1080P laptop. why would you not expect 1080P?
#31
Justmeeee
I'm after a laptop/desktop for gaming, nothing too extreme. Is this worth throwing my money at for the longterm? All the laptops seem to be cheaper than desktops with similar specs which is confusing me. I'll be using a monitor so am not too worried about the screen.

Intels naming conventions are very misleading, this "i7" is equivalent to a low power desktop i3. This money on a desktop should get a proper i5, and an entry level high end card capable of running at least some modern games at ultra(ish) settings, for a home build with a bit of shopping about you could maybe squeeze an ssd on as well

That being said, if you want a laptop for general use and are happy to play games at low settings or a reduced resolution then this looks like a good deal.
#32
Would you say that it is worth the extra buck (£170), compared to the one below? Obviously the graphics card is integrated, but still I am buying laptop on a budget...Isn't the processor better, bearing in mind that it is quad?

This Lenovo

Thank you for your answers.
Petar
#33
clubba 786
Captainbeavus
Definitely the Acer! ;)
Acer? Its either this Lenovo or that HP :p

Fine. Go for the Dell!

:D
#34
Captainbeavus
clubba 786
Captainbeavus
Definitely the Acer! ;)
Acer? Its either this Lenovo or that HP :p

Fine. Go for the Dell!

:D

:(
#35
clubba 786
Captainbeavus
clubba 786
Captainbeavus
Definitely the Acer! ;)
Acer? Its either this Lenovo or that HP :p
Fine. Go for the Dell!:D
:(

Both processors are dual core i5/i7
Believe they have the same make graphics card but the lenovo has 2GB more dedicated memory.

Other than that I see no other difference. If that justifies spending £50 more then go for the Lenovo.

If you're looking at saving more, check out the Dell I linked in my previous comment.

Cheers

Edited By: Captainbeavus on Dec 28, 2014 12:22
#36
Looking to purchase this for uni. I will mainly be using it for work but will also be playing games like Minecraft and Team Fortress 2 on there. Any thoughts about this purchase? Also, PC World are selling this for £499 but it is an i5 not i7. What's the deal with that? Sorry bit a of computer novice... Thanks in advance :)
#37
TommehLi
Looking to purchase this for uni. I will mainly be using it for work but will also be playing games like Minecraft and Team Fortress 2 on there. Any thoughts about this purchase? Also, PC World are selling this for £499 but it is an i5 not i7. What's the deal with that? Sorry bit a of computer novice... Thanks in advance :)
From what I can gather - and I am no computer expert, just that I was looking around for a new laptop, also - is that the i7 is meant to be a higher 'tier', I guess? It would depend on the different models of i3/i5/i7 etc. Try looking up the benchmarks for the components you are after. - https://www.cpubenchmark.net/high_end_cpus.html
#38
Justmeeee
I'm after a laptop/desktop for gaming, nothing too extreme. Is this worth throwing my money at for the longterm? All the laptops seem to be cheaper than desktops with similar specs which is confusing me. I'll be using a monitor so am not too worried about the screen.


Desktop parts are a lot more powerful for example a i5 in a laptop will be a fraction of the power of a desktop i5.

Laptops come at a premium because of the low power available and small form factor
#39
For £500-600 budget - is this the best deal about?
#40
TommehLi
Looking to purchase this for uni. I will mainly be using it for work but will also be playing games like Minecraft and Team Fortress 2 on there. Any thoughts about this purchase? Also, PC World are selling this for £499 but it is an i5 not i7. What's the deal with that? Sorry bit a of computer novice... Thanks in advance :)

I went for that one from PC world at £499. Only two differences: Core i5 processor, slighly lower than the i7 in this one and the graphics card is also a lower model NVIDIA GT820M instead of GT840M. Also, you only get a year's warranty with CurrysPC World whereas you get two years with John Lewis. If you can afford the extra £50 I'd definitely suggest going for this one.

Edited By: RTP on Dec 29, 2014 18:09

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